I used Dreft for the first time when my baby brothers were born in 1986, then in 1993 when my first child was born. It was an unspoken and demanding rule among ALL the Mothers I knew, that Dreft was the detergent you had to use when you had babies. I used it, I LOVED the “baby smell” it had, it was recognizable everywhere.
In 2000 I was pregnant with our 3rd child and she decided to arrive early and surprised us at 30 weeks, I remember as soon as I left the hospital; I stopped at the store and bought a bottle of Dreft. I washed everything that belonged to her, and that was the norm until she was almost one year old.
As we were at my Mom’s house preparing for her first birthday party, she spilled juice all over herself, my Mom took her party outfit and washed it in time for her party. As the guests were arriving I dressed her up, and we went to celebrate. About 2 hours later, my Aunt came to ask my what had bit the baby all over her face; naturally I went to see and the baby was covered in hives and her lips and eyes were swollen. As a “new Mother” for the third time, I panicked and rushed her to the emergency room, they gave her allergy medication and kept her for several hours until she was okay. That night when we put her to sleep at my Mom’s house, I kept checking on her every 15 minutes and within two hours she was having another allergic reaction; back to the hospital we went.
The doctors couldn’t understand what she was allergic to and suggested that maybe my Mother had mold in her home, or she was allergic to the dog. I knew that it was neither of those reasons, and I continued to keep a very close watch on her. That night I dressed her in her pajamas that I had brought from home and laid her on her car seat; she was fine through the night. The next morning when my Mom changed her clothes and dressed her in an outfit that my Mom had washed; a few hours later she was having an allergic reaction.
As we went to the hospital, and I told the Doctor I thought it was the clothes and detergent, he tested a pair of pants with the other detergent on her, and a shirt with Dreft; within two hours her legs were flared with hives. We discovered the problem, since then as she has grown up, I have tried to change her detergents; and to this day at 16 years old; she still breaks out in hives if she uses any other detergent on her clothes.
This means that every single blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, and couch cushion in our home, has to be washed with Dreft detergent. When Spring arrives and we spring clean the house, every single item has to be washed in Dreft, since she cuddles with everyone; and as we shampoo the rugs and carpets we have to use Dreft as well. In a way it has been a lot of work because we always have to be very vigilant when her Family and friends visit, she can’t hug or cuddle with them unless they are wearing something washed with her detergent, but at the same time; I love that at 16 years old; she still has the wonderful baby smell.
As we are preparing for our Spring and Summer activities, we have washed all of our picnic bedding, beach towels, as well as sports bags and her Spring and Summer wardrobe.
It’s always a big chore, but the smell throughout my house of a new baby, makes it all worth it. Dreft is the only detergent we are allowed to use at home. Maybe she will outgrow her allergies one day, maybe she won’t, until and if that happens; we will be using Dreft detergent in our home.
Dr. Dyan Hes Talking Points:
Spring is here, temperatures are on the rise and after a long winter indoors, parents and little ones are spending more and more time outside.
But while the weather is delightful, the spring season brings more allergens to the air and rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for little ones. With all this in mind, it’s important that parents seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin.
As a pediatrician AND as a mother myself, I know that cleaning your little one’s clothes in a gentle, hypoallergenic product, like Dreft, is a great way to help keep baby comfortable during the spring season.
Dreft is the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.
As a Mother of 6, I have seen my fair share of allergic reactions from the kids, and I am happy that at least this one has a pleasant outcome and a wonderful scent. The fact that this detergent is a hypoallergenic product, was recommended by her Pediatrician, is rated as the #1 baby detergent by Pediatricians, AND is gentle on her skin; makes for an amazing product in out home.
Scent is a powerful memory trigger, and the memories it brings when I smell her “baby detergent” are beautiful; they remind me of a tiny baby in my arms.
This is our “baby” throughout the house, if the cushions weren’t washed with Dreft; she wouldn’t be able to sit in any of them…
Dreft Product: Newborn, Active Baby and Blissfuls
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